Originally Posted by Ireland
Zinio is a piece of crap.
Zinio has it's place.
I get a few mags on Zinio, and I have subscribed to a couple of magazines on a dedicated iPad app. There are pros and cons both ways.
The Zinio magazines are mostly straight copies of the print magazines. They sometimes include some links to websites, and they also have the ability to include additional photo galleries and videos.
One of the magazines I get on Zinio includes a paper subscription. I especially like that, as I have the option to read the paper version if I prefer, and I can throw it away, even if I would like to hang on to some of the articles. Before Zinio, magazines would pile up, especially the how-to types that I wanted to retain.
I can read the Zinio magazines on my iPad, iPhone, and Mac. I can delete the files, and download them again anytime from Zinio. And, there is an HTML version available, so I can read my magazines on any computer using a browser. I can even print out some of the pages, although they include a watermark.
The special versions of magazines for the iPad I have sampled had very cool layouts, embedded videos, pictures... generally a good "feel" for use on the iPad. I enjoy reading these on the iPad more than their Zinio cousins, but I can't bring them up on my Cinema Display. That is a little frustrating.
So, Zinio could use a little improvement for use on mobile devices, but it still has versatility in terms of the number of ways it can be viewed, and a large number of available magazines. Personally, I do not want a separate app for every magazine subscription. I currently "subscribe" (ie in-app purchase each month) to two non-Zinio mags on my iPad, and each has its own app.
I would love to see the iBook app become a magazine platform as well. However, I would also like to see Apple adopt some of the practices of Zinio (which would be pretty detrimental to Zinio).